We are internationally recognized in the field of defect assessment both at ambient and elevated temperatures. We developed a range of effective and robust in-house tools that incorporate the widely accepted fracture assessment procedures (BS 7910, BS 5500, R6, R5 and A16) and our own practical field experience. These special purpose tools, which are based on both deterministic and probabilistic methods, enable the assessment of known defects and determine maximum acceptable defect sizes to assist in identifying suitable inspection Methods and inspection intervals.
Asset Integrity Services performs fracture mechanics assessments by means of classical stress analysis or finite element technique as appropriate, including the ‘Leak-Before-Break’ methodology. The defect assessments are used to underwrite many aspects of structural integrity, including but not limited to:
- Remaining or remnant life prediction
- Fitness-for-purpose assessment
- Life extension of ageing equipment
- Assessment of required/allowable inspection intervals
- Compliance to regulatory requirements
This represents an economic means of practically assessing the true conditions plant or equipment experience in-service. The information obtained may be used to justify extended use of the plant, increase in inspection and maintenance intervals or operation under more demanding conditions. Asset Integrity Services provides a complete range of consultancy services, from identifying critical locations and appropriate measurements through installation of sensors (thermocouples, strain gauges, etc…), data acquisition and data analysis.
AMCO’s Integrity Pvt. Ltd has many years experience in carrying out failure investigation and root cause analysis on equipment from a range of industries. Mechanical testing may be used in conjunction with optical and scanning electron microscopy for assessment purposes.
PLANT LIFE ASSESSMENT / EXTENSION
Many industries are faced with an increasing array of ageing plant and equipment, in many cases close to or even beyond original design life. Asset Integrity Services can provide technical evidence to support the continued safe and reliable use of plant and equipment, providing evidence to satisfy the insurers and the regulator.